SocialMediaTrends: Electoral Act Bill — Nigerians slam senators against e-transmission of results
The National Assembly was plunged into a rowdy session on Thursday as plenary turned riotous over deliberations on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The bill seeks to review the 2010 Electoral Act, as well as resolve issues regarding the introduction of modern technologies into the electoral process, particularly voters accreditation, electronic voting and electronic transmission of results.
The bill was making its latest debut before the 9th Assembly after facing rejection in 2018.
The bill’s section 52(3) where the contention lies, states that “the commission may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable”.
Senators who rejected the clause cited poor national network coverage in some regions of the country.
At the Lower House, commotion set in after the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase (APC, Plateau) ruled in favour of the motion for the ammendment to Section 52(3) of the bill.
The deputy speaker said before his ruling, “I make bold to say that only less than 20 percent of my constituency has network coverage”.
The bill has been approved by the Senate on the grounds that the National Communications Commission (NCC) certifies that national coverage is adequate and secure.
Read Also: SocialMediaTrends: More on EFCC’s new app, UNILAG’s coronavirus woes & Ladipo market unrest
But Nigerians are decrying the initial rejection of the bill by some members of the legislature.
See reactions below:
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: 4 yrs after completion, Kwara PHC facility inactive, rural dwellers in pains
In the middle of the night sometime in September 2019, Fatimah Ballah struggled with severe pains as she tries to...
INVESTIGATION: How Oyo State, contractors spent N1.1bn on water projects, but communities don’t have a drop
Multimillion naira water projects largely initiated by the late Abiola Ajimobi-led state government in Oyo State to benefit over 40...
INVESTIGATION: In Cross River, civil servants retire into poverty as govt looks away, squanders funds on frivolities
Thousands of civil servants in Cross River State struggle to stay alive as they are denied their gratuities and monthly...
Students suffer as contractors abandon Kano school projects after receiving over N70m
In 2019, to improve the condition of public schools in Kano State, the Federal Government disbursed millions of naira to...
SPECIAL REPORT: World Bank road projects go bad in Enugu, as state govt fails to fulfill promise
Counterpart funded road projects between the world Bank and Enugu State government have started to fail, as the state government...